Leadership is applicable to all facets of life: a
you can learn to
expand yourperspective, set the context of a goal,
understand the dynamics of human behavior and take the initiative to get
to where you want to
develop your leadership
clarify your values and guiding principles and build your reputation.
personal integrity to engage in productive and authentic
So what is professional coaching and how does it differ
are five guiding principles that guide respectful
1. When peers connect change happens. Effective
coaching can happen on the dance floor of conversation.
2. It's OK to begin a conversation by confronting the
other person with questions that seem awkward but set the stage for a respectful
exchange. Why waste time on small talk? Just ask to-the-point
information-seeking questions, like: "What are you here for? How do you wantto spend our
3. Conversations are not meant to be structured. Be
open to conversations that you are unprepared for and focused on theinterests of the other person (not your purpose).
4. Don't get pulled into solving problems that may
not matter to the other person. Allow time for the person to get to what's really
important. Provide spaces where they can express their doubts and fears by being a
thoughtful listener--without taking on the responsibility to fix or debate the
issue. After all, you have invited the person to talk about what matters to her or him,
not you, so allow time for the articulation of those thoughts and
5. Personal transformation happens when the right
questions get asked--not by providing answers. When you focus on the solution,
you are trying to sell the person something. When you allow people to answer their own
questions, they discover what they were not aware of---and what is needed to
move forward. Personal transformation leads corporate transformation--one
person at a time.
That is why leadership
development is not an
It is a process of participating in respectful conversations where the leader
recognizeshis or her own feelings and those of others in building safe and trustingrelationships.
For human beings, feeling deeply is synonymous with
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